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Aristotle on necessity, chance and explanation

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Aristotle endorses a very striking doctrine connecting necessity with what seems to be a non-modal notion -- that of 'being or happening always'. He also forges a connection between the idea of 'happening by chance' and 'happening neither always nor for the most part'. These two connections form the subject of this essay. My guiding aim is to provide an account of what the 'always/necessary' doctrine involves and of why Aristotle might have held it. Reflection on the nature of the connecti...

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Christ Church (University of Oxford)
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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